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Red Flags to Look Out for at a Home Showing

by Anna Teyssonniere de Gramont 02/26/2018

Shopping for a home is an exciting time for any hopeful homeowner. After weeks of scouring listings looking for the perfect home in the ideal location for you and your family, it can seem like you’ve found the needle in the haystack.

When it’s time to go visit that home, it’s easy to put on rose-colored lenses and overlook issues that should, at the very least, be taken into consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not you should make a bid on the home and how much you should offer.

Today’s post is all about preparing you for that first viewing. We’ll give you tips on what to look out for and how to factor these things into your equation when it comes to making an offer.

Check the listing for omissions

Even if a home looks perfect on paper (or on its website listing), it’s still quite likely that there are things you’ll want to know about before considering an offer. A home listing should attempt to address several questions you might have. But ultimately, it’s main goal is to attract interest in the home.

So, what type of things should be in the listing that the seller might leave out?

  • Poor street conditions, heavy traffic, and blind driveways are all things that will factor into your decision but most likely won’t be mentioned in a listing

  • Odors of any kind can be off-putting and difficult to remove. Some homeowners may not even know that their home has an offensive odor if they’ve become used to it.

  • Room omissions. If the home is listed as having two bathrooms but there are only photos of one, this could be a sign that there are problems with the second bathroom that the seller doesn’t want you to see quite yet.

Top dollar home repairs

A professional home inspection will be able to give you an idea of the kind of money you’ll need to spend on renovations in the coming years. But why wait? When touring a home, ask questions about the last time important renovations and repairs were made.

Roofs, septic systems, and electrical work are just a few of the things that are expensive to repair or replace. If the previous homeowner has a small family or lives alone and you plan on moving in with a houseful of kids, you might find that your impact on the septic and electrical systems of the home are too much for the house to handle. You’ll want to take this into account before considering a bid on the home.

Utility costs

The cost of heating a home in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer can be hefty if the home isn’t properly sealed and weatherproofed. Ask the current homeowner what they spend per month on utilities to get an idea of what you might be spending.

Then, take a look at the windows and doors. Cracks, malfunctioning locks, and worn weatherstripping are all signs that the home will need some work to be energy-efficient.

Don’t ignore the little things

Small fixes may not seem like a big deal when viewing a home. They can even deceive you into thinking that you’re getting a good deal by buying a fixer-upper for a price that’s lower than the market average.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that small fixes around the house are a sign that bigger problems are also being neglected. Don’t be too quick to assume the house will be a good deal before getting it professionally inspected.

About the Author

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Anna Teyssonniere de Gramont
About My Life Polish born, French by marriage, American Resident since 2004. I know first-hand the stress and excitement of moving. With my husband and our 3 children we lived in Warsaw (Poland), Versailles (France), Singapore (Singapore), Chesney (France), San Francisco (California) and now Scarsdale (New York). I have earned Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Warsaw School of Economics. After working for a number of years in Finance Department for BOC Gases in Warsaw and Singapore, I dedicated my life to raising my 3 children, supporting my husband and taking care of our multiple homes. Since we settled down in Westchester, I have been actively involved in my children's schools' life. I offered volunteer work to Lyceum Kennedy, French American School of New York (FASNY) as well as Thornton Donovan School in New Rochelle. Recently, we have adopted a dog named Teepee from Pet Rescue in Harrison. Besides English, I speak Polish (native), French and some basic Russian. About My Work Whether you want to sell, buy or rent, we will work as a team. I strongly believe communication is key in building our relationship. You should never hesitate to pick up your phone and call or text me. I will always do my best to get you an answer or point you to a reliable resource. In this very competitive business of real estate, satisfied clients are the key to my success. Let me show you what I can do for you. Selling a home is a very important decision. Some try to sell their home by themselves. It is understandable, but 80% of homeowners hire a professional in order to sell quickly and for the best price the market can offer. Real Estate agents constantly monitor their local market. I have seen countless houses in every price range in many neighborhoods in Westchester. This extensive experience, helps me price your home right for the current market condition. We will work together to prepare your home for sale and professional photographs. Houlihan Lawrence lends their angent the best marketing tools to advertise your home. I will manage the showings for you and help negotiate the best price. Give yourself the best chance to find a qualified Buyer, so you can quickly and smoothly move to wherever you wish to be next. Talk to a professional Realtor. Talk to me. Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in life and for most people the biggest financial commitment, too. There is more to buying real property than finding a pretty home on-line. It is a process. It may go smoothly, if you understand it well and come prepared. As your agent, I can offer guidance and market information you need. I will show all the houses you will want to visit. I will verify information provided on the listing, I will give you information about its history and similar houses sold in the neighborhood to help you negotiate. As your agent, I will always have your best interest in mind! Don’t give up the chance to have a professional on your side. My area of expertise is buying, selling and renting residential properties in Lower Westchester NY: White Plains, Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Edgemont, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Ossining and Yonkers